I wish I had taken more photos of my yarn in its disorganized state to show you as before pictures, but all I have is this snapshot (right) of a very tiny portion of it. The rest was in boxes and bins, in the bottom of closets, in cupboards in my laundry room, even in my garage. There was no organization to it at all, so you can imagine my frustration when I would be looking for a certain type, knowing that I must have it, but simply unable to find it.
I knew what I had to do. I just didn't know how long it would take. I knew I had to do it when the kids weren't around because this wouldn't be the type of project you can put on pause once you've started.
So on Sunday, 2 weeks ago, after the kids left for their dad's place, I gathered up all my yarn and lugged it upstairs to my living room. I found myself a spot in the middle of it all, put some original series Star Trek on the tube, and got to it.
On Day 3 of Operation: Yarn, I finally saw hope. The end was near. I had first separated all of my yarn by weight: fine, worsted & bulky (I wasn't about to go into categories like sport, dk, super bulky, etc.). Then for each weight of yarn, I sorted it all by colour. This left for many small piles all over the living room. (Many of which are behind where Señor was standing to take the photo picture above.)
In a separate pile, I had all of the balls of yarn that I am keeping for larger or special projects. This included the more pricey skeins and anything that I had A LOT of in the exact same colour/dye lot.
It was finally time to box everything up. I found boxes and bins and pails and I stored all of my wonderfully organized yarn in them keeping them separated by weight & colour. They now all fit neatly stacked in the closet of my spare room, adorned with ugly but very practical masking tape labels :) Mission: complete.
During this time, Señor was busy doing prep work and correction for his classes so he pretty much stayed in the bedroom the whole first night.
On Day 2 of Operation: Yarn, Señor ventured out of the bedroom to find me sitting in the middle of a few piles (pictured: left). He burst out laughing and ran to get the camera, which is the only reason why I have a photo of the "in progress" to show you. I was so determined to finish on Day 2, there was no way I was stopping to pick up my camera. (Yes, that's a bowl of candy canes on the coffee table. I'll stop for a candy cane...)
I make lists for everything, at work and at home. My main list is simply titled "To do" and is always saved on my little R2-D2 usb drive. I often add timelines to certain tasks, and sometimes make a separate to-do list of things that need to be done that week. One thing that has been on my list since November was to organize my yarn. Well, I finally did it.
I don't have a green thumb. There are two plants in my home that I can say are alive...not necessarily well, but alive. A spider plant and an aloe vera. If you know anything about plants and which ones are easiest to keep, you'll know that's not very impressive.
These two plants have survived on the same sill together since I moved into this house over a year ago. This morning, I pissed off the spider plant and took it away from its friend, Mrs. Vera. I needed to make room for my egg carton garden, which I wanted to be placed in the best spot possible.
I use herbs A LOT in my cooking. But herbs can get expensive and they don't last very long in the fridge once you've removed them from the plant. Now, I know that there are better ways to store them in the fridge and that if they are to go bad, I could always freeze them in an ice cube tray with oil before that happens, but I wanted a more permanent solution.
There is plenty of room around me for growing my own herbs and vegetables. I have a huge back yard and get this, a green house. Last summer, my first summer living here, I worked in the yard, planted some strawberries and attempted to grow a few other things that eventually died away. Gardening is hard. One day I intend to learn, but today is not that day. It is however the day of my first baby step towards turning these thumbs green.
In order to save space in the house, I used an empty egg carton to plant 6 different types of herbs that I use most often in my kitchen. Even if you or your family don't eat eggs, I'm sure you know someone who does. Ask them to keep their empty cartons for you! Of course, when the plants start to grow (if they do, ahh!) I will transplant them to pots. Until then I believe this carton will do just fine. (But what do I know?)
As many of you know, my grandmother was a lady who never threw anything away. Popsicle sticks included. When we finished a popsicle, she would wash the stick with the dishes and let it dry, then store it away with all the others. Eventually she had a large bag full of them, which now belongs to me.
You can now buy popsicle sticks from the dollar store for like...a buck....hahaha. So you don't have to eat a bunch of popsicles and save the sticks for a project like this (unless you really want to). Just be sure to have plenty on hand!
It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
--Spock, Star Trek TOS, 1967, 'Errand of Mercy'
Sometimes life just seems to be kicking you in the ass. In times like those, it can be hard to make decisions. Especially if your head is telling you to do one thing, your heart is telling you another, and your anxiety is clouding it all. When this happens to me, and lately it seems to be happening a lot, I like to turn to my friend Mr. Spock.
I have about 8,936 sets of straight knitting needles. They're all over the house and it's really hard sometimes to find the right size, despite how many I have.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make yourself a handy case to hold all (or almost all) of your straight knitting needles. Depending on how many you hoard! This case isn't designed to hold the HUGE needles since they take up so much room and you can't really misplace those...I put up to size 6.5mm (US10½) in my case, but you can fit a few sized bigger than that if you like :)
I am swimming in thread. I tried organizing all of my spools by colour into zip lock bags, then in a box, but it was too hard to get to them all. And I didn't want to spend the $$ on one of those special thread organizers. Plus to find one big enough for my stash would have cost too much and would have taken up too much space. I don't have an office or a place to display these types of things, so I needed to find something that could be a space saver as well. Something I could just neatly store away when not in use. Then on a shopping trip to Michaels, I noticed that all of the scrapbook organizers were on sale. Plus I had one of those 40% off coupons they have every week. I don't know which containers are made for what in the scrapbooking world, so I just looked for something to serve my purpose. This is what I found: